Generic and constructor constraints
In this post, we’ll talk about one last kind of constraints: the constructor constraint. Whenever you apply a type constraint to a generic type argument, the compiler ensures that it can only be replaced by a concrete type which does expose a public default constructor. Constructor constrains are specified through the new keyword, as you can see from the following snippet:
Without constructor constraints, there really wouldn’t be a way for the compiler to allow you to instantiate generic type to which a primary constraint struct *hasn’t* been applied. Btw, and since we talk about value types, it’s an error to specify both a struct and type constraint to a generic type argument:
A final note: currently, there’s not way to specify the number of parameters a constructor may receive. And it seems like that won’t change in the future, meaning that we’re struck with parameterless constructors. And I guess this is all about generic constraints. Stay tuned for more.